Socialist Worker

John Boyle 1951-2012

by Nick Grant
Issue No. 2285

Many Socialist Worker readers will be saddened to hear of the death on New Year’s Day of teacher comrade John Boyle.

A man of great wit, charm and intellect, John was above all a fervent anti-racist.

John fearlessly hounded the fascist National Front in north west London through the 1970s and 1980s.

He was the first to put himself on the line at demonstrations and pickets.

He helped organise overnight vigils to defend the Bengali community around Brick Lane, east London.

This was at a time when Nazis in the British National Party sold their paper at the junction with Bethnal Green Road and physically attacked Asians and anti-racists.

Once John was arrested and thrown into a police cell with a Nazi activist.

He feigned a bad LSD trip to get moved.

For over 20 years thousands of young people benefited from John’s tireless work for ethnic minority achievement at Alperton Community School in Brent.

Our thoughts are with John’s wife Dot, his son John and the rest of his family.

Tiocfaidh ár lá.

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Tue 10 Jan 2012, 19:50 GMT
Issue No. 2285
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